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Oshkosh to mark centennial anniversary by ringing Wall Street’s top bell

Sources: Oshkosh Corp., Oshkosh, Wis.; CP staff

Oshkosh executives will mark 100 years in business by ringing the New York Stock Exchange closing bell on May 4. Accentuating the day will be a staging of company equipment—from namesake front discharge mixers and McNeilus rear discharge mixers or refuse trucks to Pierce fire apparatus and JLG aerial work platforms—outside the NYSE in lower Manhattan.

“As we celebrate 100 Years Strong, we’re honored to ring the closing bell on the world’s most famous trading platform, the New York Stock Exchange,” says Oshkosh CEO Wilson Jones. “We’re proud and humble that our company truly makes a difference in people’s lives; building on a foundation that began 100 years ago.”

Oshkosh Corp. was founded May 1, 1917, by William Besserdich and B.A. Mosling, who developed two key innovations to help improve vehicle mobility over difficult roads and gave people the courage and confidence to drive to places they didn’t think were possible. Their first patent covered a front-to-rear axle power transfer case; the second improved front axle steering and drive capacity.